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DeVos Issues Revised ESSA State Plan Template

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has  issued a revised template for state education plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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Graduation Rates Improve, but College and Career Readiness Remains Elusive

In the fall of 2016, the U.S. celebrated a fifth straight year of record-high national graduation rates, at an all-time high of 83.2 percent.

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New Report Estimates 'Hidden' Costs of Higher Education Spending

States collectively spent $77.7 billion total in higher education in academic year 2014. This is slightly more than the federal government’s own $75 billion in higher education spending, which includes $30.4 billion provided by the Pell Grant program.

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A Girl, Her Dog and the Supreme Court

It is difficult to defeat a service dog in any context, including U.S. Supreme Court litigation.

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STEM Education a Hot Topic for State Lawmakers

Across the country, state legislators have renewed interests in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

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What Happens Now to SCOTUS Transgender Bathroom Case?

The fate of the most controversial case the Supreme Court has agreed to decide this term is uncertain now that the Department of Education has issued a “Dear Colleague” letter withdrawing previous letters requiring school districts to allow transgender students to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.

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 Stopping New Federal Requirements on Teacher Preparation Programs

NCSL has been working to stop federal regulations that would impose new requirements on teacher preparation programs by defining the indicators state would use to assess their performance.

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What Contributes to School Readiness?

States are considering updating school readiness definitions to include brain research and the importance of noncognitive skills.

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It’s School Choice Week and All Eyes Are on Congress

Every January, school choice advocates celebrate school choice week.

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Should States Treat Computer Coding as a Foreign Language?

The issue of teaching coding is a part of larger movement to improve K-12 computer science education. Components include allowing computer science classes to satisfy existing graduation requirements for math or science, establishing computer science standards, and strengthening the computer science teacher certification process.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.